Sunrise over grand canyon with river


Committee charge

The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Awards: G.K. Gilbert Award in Surface Processes, Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award, and the Robert Sharp Lecture. Committee members will abide by AGU’s Honors Conflict of Interest Policy, program policies, procedures and guidelines set by AGU. In partnership with the Honors and Recognition Committee and staff, the committee works to ensure that the program is superior in all respects, recognizes all constituents, and fosters a global network of individuals in the Earth and space sciences who epitomize excellence and cooperation in research, education, and outreach. The members of the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Awards Committee will promote excellence and transparency, allowing broad input and recognition beyond disciplinary awards, promoting diversity and equity so that the awards are sufficiently representative of underrepresented groups.
sprawling limestone formation called “Pamukkale” or “cotton Castle” in southwest Turkey.

Key duties

The Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Award Committee supports the following initiatives and duties and serves a two-year term. Their work is completed primarily through the online submission and review system, and by teleconference and email.
  • 1
    Select the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Award recipient
  • 2
    Review data from award selection processes for the past years to determine if the program is achieving AGU’s relevant goals
  • 3
    Examine and report on program data to determine whether the number and quality of award nominations is competitive
  • 4
    Partner with AGU leaders and staff, as well as other societies to resolve common issues among scientific communities’ recognition programs
  • 5
    Recommend, implement, and evaluate strategies used to increase diversity of nominations
  • 6
    Participate in training, orientations, and workshops on associated Honors and Recognition policies and processes
  • 7
    Provide input and recommendations to the Honors and Recognition Committee on program improvements
  • 8
    Understand and commit to AGU’s Conflict of Interest policy and process

Committee members



Committee Role

Taylor Schildgen

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Committee Chair

Grant Gordon 

US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station


Kimberly Hill 

University of Minnesota 


Dorothy Merritts  Franklin and Marshall College


Paola Passalacqua

University of Texas at Austin 


Francis Rengers  US Geological Survey  Member  
David Mohrig  University of Texas at Austin   Member  
Mathieu Lapotre  Stanford University   Member  

Rosa Maymi              


Staff Partner; Director, Engagement, and Membership

Brendon Kim              


Staff Partner; Program Coordinator, Section Awards and Lectures